Thumbs up - To a fitting tribute to the Imperial Valley’s fallen officers. Friday, as the sun set behind the mountains to the west, 38 uniformed law enforcement officers strode to the front of the Imperial County Courthouse in El Centro. Their numbers represented the 38 Imperial County officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1920.
Every law enforcement office in the county was represented in the somber ceremony, coordinated by California Highway Patrol Officer Wes Boerner.
Thumbs up - To dozens of students from El Centro Elementary School District middle schools who competed Wednesday in an event showcasing their knowledge about fiber optic cables and solar panels.
The program came about thanks to a partnership between the El Centro elementary district and Time Warner Cable. The Connect a Million Minds project is a five-year, $100 million collaboration between the company and the nation’s schools.
Thumbs up - To the Imperial Valley College agricultural science program, which is doing what it can to turn around a trend that sees fewer young farmers stepping up to fill the shoes of their elders.
“I’d like to see this become a destination program where students seek out IVC from throughout California and other states,” said Pat Pauley, IVC director of agricultural science.
Since he arrived at IVC more than three years ago, Pauley has seen his agriculture science and business program go from 12 to 50 students. But he would like to expand classes to 300.
Pauley’s students are growing 36 acres of winter wheat for pasta production. IVC contracted with El Toro Exporters to buy the harvested wheat in June. And revenues will go back into IVC’s agriculture program.
Thumbs up - To the exhibit documenting the history of water in Imperial County. Water and its delivery to thirsty farms and cities are complicated issues, but the exhibit at Pioneers Museum east of Imperial helps simplify the complexities of providing water to a parched land.
There are hands-on displays and maps to help young and old alike learn the ways of water and where our drinking water comes from.
The 7,000 square foot irrigation display was built with $250,000 donated by the Imperial Irrigation District.